21 New Songs Out Today
So many artists, so little time. Each week we review a handful of new albums (of all genres), round up even more new music that we’d call “indie,” and talk about what metal is coming out. We post music news, show recaps, track premieres, and more all day. That includes a lot of tour announcements, a list of tonight’s NYC shows, and NY shows that just went on sale. We publish a monthly playlist of some of our favorite tracks. Here’s a daily roundup with a bunch of interesting, newly released songs in one place…
PRESERVATION - "I-78" (ft. MACH-HOMMY)
Underground rap producer Preservation's guest-filled new album Eastern Medicine, Western Illness comes out on Friday and here's another song from it, featuring Mach-Hommy, who sounds as great as ever.
SEVDALIZA - "JOANNA"
Iranian artist Sevdaliza is prepping a new album and while details are still TBA, she's just released this new single and video. “Joanna captures the universal story of unrequited love," says Sevdaliza. "It is a reflection of the unbearable suffering crawling into our lives in different shapes. Joanna is the kind of love that has loved deeply and lost deeply.The kind of love that does not die. The kind of love that is hidden in a secret place, hungry, curled and wounded. You never have to worry about it's ending. Joanna has endless potential to live on. For some fortunate, you will be able to experience her. For some fortunate, you will be able to escape her."
PANOPTICON - "SNOW BURDENED BRANCHES" (LIVE)
Austin Lunn's black metal/folk project Panopticon;'s live shows were pretty rare in the pre-pandemic days (and obviously nonexistent now), but Austin got a full band together a few times including at 2018's Migration Fest, which was recorded for the upcoming live album Live Migration, due June 19 via Bindrune Recordings. Here's the first taste, which shows off Panopticon's ability to sound as powerful on stage as Austin does in studio.
THE LEMON TWIGS - "MOON"
The Lemon Twigs' new album, Songs For The General Public, is out August 21 via 4AD (moved from May) and judging by the songs we've heard so far, they're heading fully into gritty NYC glam territory, though "Moon" also has its heartland troubadour side (Springsteen, Billy Joel).
VOLCANO, I'M STILL EXCITED!! - CARBON COPY (DELUXE EDITION)
Mid-'00s blog rock band Volcano, I'm Still Excited!! -- which included mumblecore filmmaker and actor Mark Duplass -- have just reissued their 2002 debut EP Carbon Copy. It's been expanded with a handful of bonus tracks, like an alternate version of "Durham's Closed."
SHIRLEY COLLINS - "WONDROUS LOVE"
British folk icon Shirley Collins will release Heart’s Ease on July 24 via Domino. “Lodestar wasn’t too bad, was it?," Shirley says of her 2016 Domino debut. "But when I listen to it, it does sometimes sound rather tentative. I had to record it at home because I was just too nervous to sing in front of somebody I didn’t know. This time I was far more relaxed—even though I went into a studio.” First single "Wondrous Love" is a ballad from the 1700s that Collins first heard at a Sacred Harp Convention in Alabama when she was working with Alan Lomax. She decided to record it now “because songs are stored in my memory for a great many years, and suddenly it seems the right time to bring them out again.”
JIMMY EDGAR - "BENT" (ft. HUDSON MOHAWKE)
Beatmakers Jimmy Edgar (of J-E-T-S) and Hudson Mohawke (of TNGHT) teamed up for this off-kilter new jam.
COURTNEY MARIE ANDREWS - "IT MUST BE SOMEONE ELSE'S FAULT"
Folk singer Courtney Marie Andrews pushed her anticipated new album Old Flowers back to July 24 via Fat Possum and shared this instantly-appealing new single, which comes with a video directed by V Haddad, who says, "‘It Must Be Someone Else’s Fault’ inspired us to create a video exploring being and becoming a woman and the world that surrounds her in this journey. Through dream-logic, we set out to interweave our characters through choreographed echoes and mirror moments of dance to draw out an ode to matriarchy, empathy, and sisterhood."
THE SOFT PINK TRUTH - AM I FREE TO GO? (CRUST PUNK COVERS)
Matmos' Drew Daniel already released his new Soft Pink Truth album Shall We Go On Sinning So That Grace May Increase? earlier this year, and now he followed it with this covers album of crust punk songs, which he turns into electronic songs. "I find these songs and the artists that sang them inspiring: they are direct, angry and demanding. I don't cover them out of mockery or satire. I love these songs and wanted to play them and play with them. It's as simple as that," he writes.
Drew also adds that the album is name-your-price and "all profits after paying out due/requested royalties from the original artists will go to the International Anti-Fascist Legal Defence Fund, which assists people all around the world with the legal repercussions of protesting fascism."
WIDOWSPEAK - "BREADWINNER"
Widowspeak released their fourth album, Expect the Best, back in 2017, and now they're back with a new single, the synthy "Breadwinner." "I have to recognize all that we took for granted when I wrote this song a few years ago," Molly Hamilton writes, "or even when we were recording it last winter. There was the option to imagine a new reality for yourself, the choice to quit and start over, the possibility to support your loved ones. Obviously, there are lyrics within this song that feel so strangely on-the-nose right now (even the part about bread), and perhaps their meaning has changed since everything is different. Now feels like the only time we could possibly let this song into the world, when everyone is trying to figure out life beyond the way we earn a living, and how we’ll earn anything going forward. So, without wanting to capitalize on the heavy realities we’re all facing, we hope it brings some comfort or at least entertainment to people at home."
MAL DEVISA - "RAW AS THE HANDS OF THE SUN"
Mal Devisa's last album, Shade and the little Creature, came out in 2018, and now she's returned with her first new music since then, the bare bones "Raw as the hands of the sun." "I wrote this song the other day," Deja Carr writes. "It’s a bit rough but i hope its digable. I hope I’ve expressed before how much gratitude i have for each and every one of you. Without you, I’d be a sad-gyal venting to the wall and some semi-alive plants. I hope all of you are okay, and safe, and warm and well fed. Keep your eyes and ears open these days, as we should. Shout out to the people who are overcoming obstacles daily, knowingly and unknowingly. We are the future. much love"
Sludge vets -(16)- have shared another song off their upcoming album Lifespan of a Moth. This one's more of a slow-burner compared to this band's usual ragers, and they're good at this kinda thing too.
REAL ESTATE - "NAME" (GOO GOO DOLLS COVER)
Real Estate did a faithful rendition of the Goo Goo Dolls' 1995 classic "Name," and you can read more about it here.
NECROT - "STENCH OF DECAY"
Bay Area death metallers Necrot have detailed their anticipated new album Mortal and released this new song, which you can read more about here.
MILDLIFE - "RARE AIR"
Proggy, jazzy Australian band Mildlife will release their second album, Automatic, via Heavenly on September 18. They've just shared the first single, "Rair Air," which is a bit like if Alan Parsons Project had invented acid house.
BRIGID MAE POWER - "WEARING RED THAT EVE"
"I wrote the lyrics for 'Wearing Red That Eve' one day when I was sort of spacing out the window thinking about old memories and instances where I have been wearing the colour red," says Brigid Mae Power of her delicate new piano ballad. "It's sort of a dream like song that drifts between truthful and imagined scenarios." Brigid Mae Power's new album Head Above The Water is out June 5 via Fire.
TOTALLY ENORMOUS EXTINCT DINOSAURS - 'I CAN HEAR THE BIRDS' EP
"On 22nd March a friend sent me a recording of the birds that were keeping her awake in the Canary Islands," says TEED's Orlando Tobias Edward Higginbottom. "It was early in this story and anxiety was high, so I took the recording and made some music to it as a present to send back, a hug, and an exercise to take my mind off the obvious." The results are this ambient EP.
FREAK HEAT WAVES - "DRIPPING VISIONS"
Canadian gothy post-punk duo Freak Heat Waves return with new album Zap The Planet on September 4 via Telephone Explosion. First single "Dripping Visions" is a dark acid trip with a odd, disquieting animated video.
ULTHAR - "FURNACE HIBERNATION"
Ulthar, who hail from the same scene as Necrot (both of whom share members with Vastum) also have a new song out today. Read more here.
BRIGHT EYES - "ONE AND DONE"
Bright Eyes shared another new single for their anticipated TBA album for Dead Oceans, and we wrote more about it here.
WINO - "THE SONG'S AT THE BOTTOM OF THE BOTTLE"
Heavy metal legend Scott "Wino" Weinrich" (of Saint Vitus, The Obsessed, and more) is releasing a new acoustic solo album in June, and we premiered this new song from it today. Read more about the song, and read Wino discussing the music that influenced his new album (and telling all kinds of stories about his early years) here.
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